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Art League of Hilton Head (SC) Seeks Artists for National Juried Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 22, 2019

February 17, 2019

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites artists to enter the “2019 Biennale”, its 26th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery. This gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.


Work by Laurie McIntosh, 2018 2nd Place

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. For more information and to enter, visit (https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5294).

The “2019 Biennale” judge is Alan Flattmann, an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is the author of “The Art of Pastel Painting”, widely considered the definitive guide to pastels.


Work by Jonathan Murrill, 2018 Honorable Mention

The “2019 Biennale” exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 7 – June 1, 2019 at the Art League Gallery, located inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the run of a professionally produced performance of “A Chorus Line” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 enables each artist to enter 1 application of work. Artists may submit additional applications for $10 each. Limit three. 1 image per application.

For further info call the Art League at 843/681-5060.

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Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Applications for 60th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival – Deadline May 1, 2019

February 17, 2019

Artist applications are available for the 60th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, 2019, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

The Art on Main Committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street for a third year. The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This allows for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org). An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 (postmark).

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for traveling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community will be provided as needed.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the broader North Carolina region, South Carolina, and Georgia. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual outdoor festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

41st Annual “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients Announced in Manteo, NC

February 15, 2019

Over a hundred people gathered at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, January 26 for the 41st “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception in Manteo, NC. This year’s “Frank Stick Show” is dedicated to the late Glenn Eure recognizing his contributions to the arts on the Outer Banks and beyond.

Glenn’s wife Pat Eure, who is an author, poet, curator, archivist and gallery owner, carefully selected the following award recipients from 103 entries:


Eure Best In Show- James Melvin’s “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage). Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Eure Best In Show: James Melvin “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage)

Excellence Awards: Rick Tupper “Early Evening Fireflies” (acrylic), James Perry “Epic Sunrise” (mixed media), Mary Ann Remer “From The Mountains To The Sea 1” (hand-colored collograph), and Michael Halminski “Tribute in KC” (photography)

Honorable Mentions: Carolina Coto “Small Town Girl” (acrylic), Mike Bennett “Moon Bath” (acrylic), and Jim Bumpass “Large Urn” (turned wood)

People’s Choice Award: Taylor Williams “Sandy Wave” (oil)

“I think the entries in this year’s “Frank Stick Show” are extraordinary and it’s good to see such a variety of approaches,” said Pat Eure. “I used three criteria when judging the show. The first was originality- something conceived in the creative mind and explored in the chosen medium, so that the work invited me into its world, had meaning for me as an observer. The second was technical proficiency. And, of course, I tried to understand what Glenn Eure might see in the work. I hope that he was somewhere around when I was selecting the pieces, influencing me. I know, because he has actually done it in judging, Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show. He loved art and the artist in each of us- so in spirit each creation presented at this show is a winner. To the artists represented in this exhibition, I am sure he would say “Eure Great!”

Nags Head artist James Melvin won the 2019 Eure Best In Show award. “The Glenn Eure Experience” was exciting to create and gave me an opportunity to reflect on the super creative work and extraordinary life of my wonderful friend, Glenn Eure,” said James Melvin. “He had such a big and generous heart and was the essence of love. I am humbled that my entry was chosen to receive this honorable award. I am also looking forward to my solo exhibit at Dare County Arts Council in March.”

22 year-old Outer Banks artist Taylor Williams received an overwhelming number of votes for the 2019 People’s Choice award. “I am so grateful that so many people noticed my painting and voted for it for the People’s Choice award,” said Taylor Williams. “Receiving so much support made me excited and inspired to work on new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council in July.”

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

A special thank you to Muse Originals, Down Creek Gallery, Jewelry By Gail, Inc., Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, The Blue Point, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (www.DareArts.org).

SC Festival of Flowers in Greenwood, SC, Calls for Applications for the 2019 Juried Arts & Crafts Show – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

February 14, 2019

The 52nd annual SC Festival of Flowers is seeking exquisite handmade goods from artists and crafters to showcase in this summer’s Juried Arts & Craft Show. The Festival features original work from all over the Southeast and festival goers love to see the creative process in action. If this applies to you, whether your work is contemporary or traditional, we want you to apply. New this year: crafters will be able to enter one piece for our Juried “Bloom” Award, for a chance to receive recognition and complimentary booth space. This year only, accepted first time crafters will receive $50 off their booth rental. To apply, visit (scFestivalOfFlowers.org/apply-as-a-vendor/). The deadline is March 15, 2019.

This year’s show will be June 7 & 8, 2019, at the Uptown Market Pavilion in Greenwood, SC. Crafters will be in an outside venue that receives foot traffic from the Uptown Concert, Kidfest, the Wine Walk, and other main weekend events in addition to our unique collection of 40+ “living” topiaries displayed in downtown Greenwood.

The SC Festival of Flowers is an award winning festival coordinated by the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce that was recently named the “Event of the Year” by the SC Festival and Events Association. It’s sure to bring any crafter a “bloomin’ good time.”

For more information, contact the Greenwood SC Chamber by calling 864/889-9314 or e-mail to (Austin@GreenwoodSCchamber.org).

Call for Applications for the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, SC – Deadline Jan. 31

January 29, 2019

Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach companion festival to Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 (+) local and regional artists and more than 700 arts events–literary, visual and performing arts–against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

MISSION
Piccolo Spoleto’s mission has always been to connect Spoleto Festival USA to the entire community by making the festival experience available to everyone, regardless of social, physical or economic considerations. Its presentations impart lightheartedness, vitality and energy to this most comprehensive of the world’s great arts festivals. The Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit has a goal of presenting the work of South Carolina artists in a free open air venue the entire community can enjoy.

ELIGIBILITY
All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
Artists may submit via e-mail 4 digital photographs representing original artwork and one photograph of your outdoor booth setup (or an image that shows a collection of your work hanging on a wall so scale and finished presentation of your work can be evaluated) • Images must be in jpg format and be a minimum file size of 1500 pixels on the long side • Photographs submitted must not have any identifying information such as the name of or a picture of the artist • Original 2D media are eligible • Artists who provide more or less than 4 images of work, fail to provide one of the booth (or display wall) or who have identifying information in photos will be disqualified • Digital photographs must be sent via e-mail to (psoaesubmission@gmail.com).

JUDGING
Artists who have exhibited in the previous year are invited to return to this year’s exhibit. Therefore, the number of available spaces will depend on the number of people who will not return from last year. A panel of working arts professionals will select artists to participate. Only submissions which meet the stated guidelines and agree to follow Rules and Responsibilities will be considered.

RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. All applicants must submit a $40 application fee payable to Washington Park Art Show. If accepted, all artists must send a check for the booth fee of $400.00.
2. It is the goal to have artists actively represent their work during the exhibit. Therefore artists are required to be at their booth representing their work for at least 75% of the time (12 of the 16 days). Artists booths are required be open and artwork represented for all 16 days (May 24 – June 8, 2019) of the show. Hours of the show are 10am to 5pm Mondays through Thursdays and 10am to 6pm Fridays through Sundays.
3. Artwork is to be displayed in a professional tent supplied by the artist. Craft Hut (www.crafthut.com) or Light Dome (www.lightdomecanopies.com) style tents are acceptable. “Easy Up” style tents ARE NOT acceptable. Artists must also have a professional looking display wall to support the artwork. All tents must be weighted and/or staked for the duration of the show to help prevent damage from wind and rain.
4. At all times, at least seventy-five percent (75%) of works displayed on screens must be originals. Work in bins, on tables and portfolios will be left to the discretion of the artist. However all works should be labeled as original, giclee, limited edition print, mono-type, etc. No t-shirts or other “craft” type
merchandise will be allowed.
5. Eligibility for awards. All work to be judged must be original. The name of the work and the medium should appear on or with each piece. You must be setup by 9:00 AM on Friday May 24, 2019 to be eligible for judging.
6. Spaces are 10×10 feet. All artists must set up within their marked spaces.
7. Security: Off duty police will patrol during evening hours the show is not open from Thursday May 23, 2019 through Saturday June 8, 2019.
8. A city of Charleston business license and SC Retail License is required and they will be checked by a city employee, so the license should be kept on premises. Sales Tax in Charleston County is 8.5%. Artists will keep 100% of all sales made during the exhibit.
9. Exhibitor agrees not to smoke in Marion Square.
10. Exhibitor shall return the premises to the condition in which they were in prior to occupancy.
11. Any violation of the terms the PSOAE Rules and Responsibilities will result in the exhibitor not being allowed to participate in the PSOAE the following year.

For questions about the application process or the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit, please contact either of the coordinators: Vicki Ellis by e-mail at (Plattellis24@gmail.com) or call 843/425-6102 or Lesley Johnson by e-mail at (ljohn16123@aol.com) or call 843/276-3394 (cell).

Award Winners Announced at “CraftHiltonHead2018” Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, SC

January 29, 2019

Fine art craft artists from 24 states competed for cash prizes at “CraftHiltonHead2018”. This national, juried craft exhibition showcases over 100 two and three dimensional high-quality craftworks from over 60 featured artists at Art League Gallery of the Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC.

The award winners were announced at the Awards Reception on Dec. 5, 2018. The winning selections were chosen by two nationally-recognized jurors, Linda Bloom and Patricia Willcox. $4,000 in prizes were awarded.

View the prize winners plus many more one-of-a-kind crafts available for inspired gift-giving. Don’t miss this exclusive presentation on display, and for sale, now through December 29, 2018.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, next to the box office. Art League Gallery now open every day, Mon. – Sat., 10am – 4pm & Sun., 12 – 4pm plus 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.

“Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships” is Art League of Hilton Head’s mission.

Artwork Examples:

First Place – $1500 Prize – “Redemption”, Acrylic, Oil, Wood, Iron, Metal Leaf by Aldo Muzzarelli from South Carolina

Second Place – $1000 Prize – “Vertural Humanity”, Ceramic by David Zahn from Illinois

Third Place – $600 Prize – “A Friend of Lucian”, Wood, Acrylic Paint by James Harney from Illinois

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “The Seven Bases”, Ceramic, Wood by Yelitza Diaz from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Viking”, Terra Cotta by Sheri Farbstein from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Persian Garden”, Fiber by Ron Hodge from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Carbon Copy”, Paper Mache’, Paper Coil by Flavia Lovatelli from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Dreamcatcher”, Silver, Copper, Agate, Labradorite, Sandstone, Wood by Kelly Noonan from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Pelican Teapot”, Pewter, Silver by Bill Price from Tennessee

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Nature’s Mood”, Wood, Metal, Fiber, Cloth by Joan Siem from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Shiva”, Tulip Poplar by Hutch Traver from North Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Ascending from Earth to Sky”, Mixed Media by Maxine Uttal from South Carolina

For further information call 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition” – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

December 27, 2018

Fine craft artists from across the state of SC are invited to participate in the 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 1-5, 2019. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 15, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.


“Palmetto Hands” exhibition, credit: Jonathon Stout Photography

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work include in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

The 18th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1-5, 2019, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Seeks Artists for National Juried Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 22, 2019

December 27, 2018

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites artists to enter the 2019 Biennale, its “26th National Juried Exhibition”, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery. This gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. For more information and to enter, go to (https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5294).


“Undefined #2”, First Prize in 2017 Biennale, a Pastel by Tun Ping Wang (NY)

The 2019 Biennale judge is Alan Flattmann, an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is the author of “The Art of Pastel Painting”, widely considered the definitive guide to pastels.

The 2019 Biennale exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 7 – June 1, 2019, at Art League Gallery, located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the run of a professionally produced performance of “A Chorus Line” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 enables each artist to enter 1 application of work. Artists may submit additional applications for $10 each. Limit three. 1 image per application.

The Art League Gallery located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC.

For further info call 843/681-5060.

Entries Sought for 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Held in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is Feb. 25, 2019

December 12, 2018

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the fourteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).


Work by Joni Younkins-Herzog from the current exhibition

The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Katelyn Kirnie. Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Chattanooga, TN, after living and working in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA — where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Kirnie was introduced to the public art world early in her career as Exhibition Manager for renowned sculptor, John Henry. She went on to establish an award winning and highly anticipated rotating mural program, dubbed The Greenway Wall, in Boston, MA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and has an extensive background in fabrication project management and exhibition production for the public realm. Kirnie is inspired by the way art and artists enhance the urban environment – adding meaning, building community, and creating connection.

The 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2019, through March 22, 2020, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces Jena Thomas Wins the 701 CCA PRIZE 2018

December 10, 2018

Artist Jena Thomas won the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Thomas was announced as the winner during the Nov. 28, 2018, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care.


701 CCA Prize 2018 Winner Jena Thomas, photo courtesy of Jamar Riley

“Thomas is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Carey Morton and Alexander Thierry.” Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.

As the winner, Thomas will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of Osamu Kobayashi, Brooklyn, NY, painter and Columbia, SC, native; Jessica Moss, curator, artist, writer and founder of The Roll Up CLT in Charlotte, NC; and Catherine Walworth, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2018 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 23, 2018. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $3.00.

Thomas also was a finalist for the 701 CCA Prize 2016. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Florida and in 2016 joined the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Thomas has exhibited extensively in the past decade in Florida and New England. Among her recent solo and two-person exhibitions are those at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT; Contemporary Art Space in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Green Monkey in Miami. Thomas has been represented at Art Hamptons, Art Palm Beach and the Miami International Art Fair. She has exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Gables Museum, and the South Florida Cultural Center, all in Florida. Her work was selected for New American Painting’s 2014 MFA Edition.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.” This year’s installment was the fourth 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries call Hannah Shepard at 803/319-9949 or e-mail to (director@701cca.org).